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High-Speed Crash On Country Road Kills Three Alabamians; Injures Two others

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A high-speed crash that killed an Alabama woman and her grandson on a rural Madison County road last month was caused by a driver speeding at 118 mph – 73 mph above the posted speed limit – according to an Alabama State Trooper crash report. The report shows that 32-year-old driver Johnny Mara of Hazel Green, Alabama, was driving a 2003 Lexus west on Ready Section Road at a violent speed when he lost control of the vehicle after topping a rise in the road near the intersection of Butter and Egg Road. A crash report diagram shows Mr. Mara’s ... Read More

Collision With Tractor-Trailer Near Birmingham Kills Sister and Brother, Injures Two other siblings

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A collision between a passenger vehicle and a tractor-trailer in west Jefferson County, Alabama, Monday, Feb. 13, killed two siblings and left two surviving siblings fighting for their lives in Birmingham hospitals. Jefferson County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Randy Christian told AL.com that the crash occurred around 8 a.m. on Highway 269 near the intersection of Short Creek Road, which is in the Mulga community. The four siblings were the only occupants of the car. Nine-year-old Michael Scoggins was pronounced dead at the scene. His 17-year-old sister, Meagan Scoggins, was pronounced dead later at an area hospital. Katie Scoggins, 19, the ... Read More

Alabama Demolition Worker Suffers Fatal Injuries After Floor Collapse In Old Mill

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Federal officials and local police are investigating the death of a construction worker who died after the floor in an old mill where he was working gave way, causing him to plummet four stories to the concrete ground floor. The Lanett Police Department identified the worker as Cirilo Banuelos Reyes, a 50-year-old male from Alexander City, Alabama. Mr. Reyes was performing demolition and reclamation work inside the Dye Works building of the Old Lanett Mill on South Gilmer Ave. Tuesday, Feb. 14. when the flooring collapse occurred. Lanett Emergency Medical Services, the Lanett Police Investigations Division, and the Chambers County ... Read More

Student advocate shares her battle with the deadliest form of skin cancer

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“If I would have taken precautions or been educated I might not be in this situation I am now,” said Carson Smith, junior at Auburn University in an interview with the Auburn Plainsman. From Mobile, Alabama, Smith spent her childhood and youth at home in the coastal sun and used tanning beds almost daily for three years prior to being diagnosed with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. She had believed that skin cancer was easily treatable and something that concerned older people. At only 19, after noticing a mole that was growing darker, and being prompted by a ... Read More

Service Worker Death Linked To Deadly Gas Leak From Sewer Line

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Montgomery, Alabama, authorities are investigating the death of a service worker who appears to have been overcome by gas from a broken sewer line underneath a house. According to WSFA, first responders were called to a home on East Fairview Ave. Feb. 3 around 11 a.m. on reports of a suspected gas leak. Montgomery Fire and Rescue personnel identified a gas leak emanating from a severed sewer line. The also discovered an unresponsive worker under the house. The unidentified man was taken to Baptist South Hospital, where he died shortly after arriving. No other injuries were reported in connection to ... Read More

Alabama businessman, former NFL player Benny Perrin dies in apparent suicide

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Alabama businessman, owner of Decatur’s BB Perrins Sports Bar and Grille, and former St. Louis Cardinals defensive back Benny Perrin died last week in what police are calling a suicide. Perrin was 57 years old. Perrin was a football star at Decatur High School and went on to play for the University of Alabama under Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant from 1978 to 1981, during which the team won two national championships. He played four seasons from 1982 to 1986 for the St. Louis Cardinals, and was involved in a class-action lawsuit against the National Football League (NFL) alleging the league ... Read More

Alabama doctor faces prison time for pill mill operation distributing opioids

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A Montgomery, Alabama, family doctor faces up to 40 years in prison for doling out prescription opioids painkillers like candy from his clinic and laundering the money to hide his illegal operation. “When a maverick doctor prescribes opioids to someone who isn’t entitled to them, and over prescribes, he’s committing a felony and he is as bad as the Mexican cartel,” U.S. Attorney George Beck said about Alabama doctor Robert Ritchea. Ritchea pleaded guilty earlier this week to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and money laundering. Court documents reveal that people showed up in droves, some traveling across state lines ... Read More

State Shuts Down Alabama Caterer Following Wedding Reception Salmonella Outbreak


An Alabama caterer has had its food service permit revoked following a November wedding reception in which more than two-thirds of the attendees were sickened with Salmonella Enteritidis bacteria. According to the Alabama Department of Health, Indelible Catering of Moulton, Alabama, and its owner Darvin McDaniel are no longer authorized to prepare food as caterers in the state. Mr. McDaniel’s company effectively went out of business in November when Dr. Scott Harris, assistant state health officer, issued an emergency order suspending the caterer’s permit to prepare food until the state’s investigation was completed. Alabama public health officials reported that at ... Read More

New Jersey high court reinstates $25 million Accutane verdict

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A $25.16 million judgment in favor of an Alabama man who claimed he contracted Crohn’s disease after taking the acne drug Accutane was reinstated by the New Jersey Supreme Court, marking the latest action in the state’s decade-old mass tort litigation. The court ruled that the verdict in favor of Andrew McCarrell should stand despite his lawsuit being filed after the statute of limitations in Alabama. The court said that New Jersey’s more liberal statute of limitations should apply. “Over the years, our choice-of-law jurisprudence has striven to structure rules that will lead to predictable and uniform results that are fair, ... Read More

Kids returning to school after concussions often have vision problems

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Children who suffer concussions often experience vision problems, which, if not identified, can affect their academic performance in school, according to a cross-sectional cohort study published in the American Academy of Optometry’s journal Optometry and Vision Science. Researchers, led by Mark. W. Swanson, OD, from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, analyzed records from January 2007 to October 2013 for 276 Alabama children who suffered concussions and experienced at least three concussion-related symptoms for at least 10 days. Nearly 30 percent reported academic problems following their head injury, which were primarily attributed to vision problems, hearing disturbances, and trouble concentrating. The ... Read More